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Car accidents are more common than we might think. A lot of people get injured as the result of an accident every single day. To make matters worse, many people die each day after a fatal car crash.
There are so many reasons that car accidents happen. At the heart of almost every cause is the same thing; human negligence. Car drivers can neglect certain things that end up causing accidents. Whether it’s neglecting the speed limit and losing control of their car or neglecting to look behind them when they reverse; drivers are responsible.
If drivers are often at fault, what can be done to help reduce accidents and improve safety on the roads? This is where technology comes into play. There are many cars that are packed full of car safety technology, and it’s helping lower the rate of accidents on the roads. With technology, we can address some things that are being neglected, and prevent accidents from happening.
Staying on this topic, today’s piece will focus on different car safety technology that’s making a huge difference. Below, you’ll find a few things that are in cars and helping to reduce accidents.
Parking sensor technology is thankfully in most modern cars. This technology is designed to make parking and reversing so much easier. Speak to any personal injury lawyer, and they’ll tell you a lot of people get into accidents because a car reversed into them as they were walking by. Sometimes, this is purely because the driver didn’t look in their mirrors or look behind them properly. Often, it might be because their view behind was restricted by something in the back of the car.
Either way, parking sensors make life easier by beeping whenever something is close to the back of your vehicle. This helps prevent people from being negligent as the louder and faster the beeps, the closer your car is to hitting something. It almost forces you to take more notice and be more careful. Along with this, many parking sensors come with rear-facing cameras to help you see behind even clearer than before.
Auto-Brake Assist/ Forward Collision Systems
This piece of technology often goes by two names depending on where you are in the world or what car you have. Some refer to it as auto-brake assist, others as forward collision systems. It doesn’t matter which term you use as they both mean the same thing. This technology is designed to help reduce accidents that occur when a driver doesn’t brake quickly enough and goes into the back of the car in front.
How does it work? Well, the technology uses radar to detect what’s in front of it – just like parking sensors. The difference is, when the radar detects an object at a certain distance, it activates the brakes automatically. This slows your car down immediately and prevents you from hitting what’s in front of you. With this technology, you can avoid accidents where a driver is negligent and glances away from the wheel for a split second, only to find out the car in front has stopped suddenly.
This piece of technology is highly underrated regarding its effectiveness. There are many examples of accidents occurring because a driver turned a corner in the dark and hit someone/something. This is down to the way cars are made and the angle at which the headlights are pointed. If they’re always pointed straight ahead, you end up with a slight blind point as you turn.
Adaptive headlights get rid of this problem as they adapt when you turn your wheel. The bulbs can rotate and move whenever your wheel moves. So, if you’re turning your wheel left to go around a bend, the headlights will adapt and rotate accordingly. It completely cuts out this blind portion of the movement as your lights are already shining in the right direction as you turn.
As you can see, we already have the technology available to us that helps prevent accidents. The first two examples will certainly target human negligence. Parking sensors force drivers to be more aware of what’s behind them, and a rear-facing camera provides more clarity if you can’t see behind your car properly. Forward collision systems stop negligent drivers from causing accidents when they don’t pay attention to the road.
The third example is perhaps the most interesting as it tackles an issue beyond the driver’s control. Hopefully, we see more technology do this in the future. It would be great if there were care safety tech that limited the speed during wet weather, or something similar. One thing’s for certain, car technology is definitely making the roads safer.